At the mouth of the Bidasoa River in the northeastern part of the province of Gipuzkoa, you can find the magical town of Hondarribia on the French border. You’ll see what is truly unique about this town. Always bustling with people, Hondarribia is full of life at all times of the year, and its cuisine has an unimpeachable reputation. It’s famous for its pinchos bars, which you can find a ton of on streets like Calle San Pedro. When it comes to eating in Hondarribia, you’ll be able to find any traditional Basque dish that your heart desires. In general, you’ll find a culinary tradition based on seafood, produce, and excellent locally-sourced meats.
Be sure to try some kokotxas (hake in green sauce), grilled sea bream, marmitako, and baked txangurro (king crab), as well as ox chops and fillet of veal. Whatever you end up eating in Hondarribia will go perfectly with a glass of Txakoli de Getaria, a white wine with an excellent flavor, or a handcrafted cider, which you can easily find in any of the town’s restaurants, bars, and taverns. If you visit in July you’ll get to experience Entrega de la Kutxa and if you go later in the year, don’t miss out on the Alarde (a military parade) in September, which is probably the town’s most important festival.